It's the time many of us pull on the rubber gloves and start spring cleaning our houses. It’s always amazing to see how much clutter we’ve collected over the last year.
But before you grab the trash bin, listen up. New tech is making it easier than ever to turn your old clutter into cold hard cash.
“A ton of different sites have popped up, to help consumers not only get rid of their unwanted stuff but help you make a little bit extra cash,” says Kyle Taylor of ThePennyHoarder.com .
Unlike Craigslist or Ebay where you have to find a buyer for your stuff, many of these sites act like a middleman, paying you up front first and selling your goods later.
“So it makes it really easy because you get a cash offer right away,” says Taylor
Got a closet full of clothes your kids have outgrown? Thredup.com will take it off your hands and hand you cash in return.
James Reinhart, the CEO of ThredUp.com says, “We send you the bag, you stuff the bag with all your outgoing stuff and you simply put it on your door and we come and pick it up.”
Or maybe you’re ready to redecorate. Chairish.com acts as a virtual showroom for your used furniture. Once it sells, they send shippers to your door to take it away.
“If you’re fearful of dealing with somebody on Craigslist, this cuts out that process,” says Taylor.
There’s also UsedInstrumentBuyer.com once your kids’ old sax plays its swan song.
Taylor says, “They’re re-selling instruments all over the world and so they’re going to be buying a much greater variety.”
And if you have electronics to sell, you might try eco ATM, an actual kiosk that will take your old electronics on the spot and give you instant cash.
Fauth says, “I put the phone in and they quoted me 146 dollars, which was pretty good.”
Of course with the convenience there is a cost, with each site taking a cut.
“You’re paying a lot more in commissions than you would with a site like Craigslist,” says Taylor.
But Carly says for her, it’s worth paying a little extra to get it all off her hands.
Fauth says, “Just finding a way to get rid of stuff and make money at the same time, it’s just, to me it’s a great feeling.”
Experts say the payout you get from these sites can vary widely and consumers should shop around for the best offers for their goods. And while commissions may be higher than just selling directly on craigslist or Ebay, they tend to be less than some brick and mortar consignment shops.
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